Police efforts to keep local highways as safe as possible have ramped up this week, with an OPP transport truck enforcement campaign. Operation Safe Trucking is underway, and finishes up this weekend.
Fatal transport truck collisions have risen by 38 per cent across the province on OPP-patrolled roads this year, with 41 fatalities. However, in the North West Region, they have fallen by 60 per cent in 2018, with 2 fatalities recorded out of 5 crashes involving a transport truck.
"The OPP has never been more committed to its Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision Mitigation Strategy,” said OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes.
“We continue to work diligently with our road safety and trucking industry partners toward our goal of reducing the number of transport truck collisions on our roads. Despite our efforts, it takes a firm commitment to safe driving on the part of all transport truck drivers and other motorists in order to see a significant reduction in these types of collisions."
During the remainder of the campaign, police say that they will be well-resourced to address speeding and other forms of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving, hours of service and equipment violations, and lack of occupant restraint.
Across the province in 2018, the OPP has laid more than 1,615 speeding charges, 354 distracted driving charges and 963 defective equipment-related charges against transport truck drivers. Police have also investigated more than 3,600 transport truck-related collisions, which represent 11 per cent of the total number of collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.